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Gioia Cheese

Gioia makes wonderful fresh Italian cheeses. Vito Girardi, owner, is a third-generation cheesemaker from the area Apulia in Italy where burrata comes from.  His grandfather was one of the first makers of burrata.

Burrata is a classic Italian “pasta filata” cheese that is made by enclosing a center of soft, silky curd in a small sac of mozzarella. The result is a decadent treat that fully showcases the flavor of the milk. The cheese is best eaten within a few days of production, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

The name Gioia comes from the town – Gioia del Colle – in Apulia where Girardi’s family comes from.